- Other Title
- Woman picking fruit and the savage
- Alternative title
- Femme cueillant des fruits et oviri
- circa 1893
- Media category
- Materials used
- Guerin 49, one of six proofs known.
- 10.5 x 8.9 cm image; 18.2 x 14.6 cm sheet (irreg)
- Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
- Purchased 1981
- Not on display
- Accession number
- Artist information
Works in the collection
'Oviri', a ceramic stoneware sculpture by Paul Gauguin, probably made in France in 1894-1895, has the same title as a woodcut of the same period. 'Oviri' (the savage) is a term Gauguin used to refer to himself. On his second visit to Tahiti, Gauguin took the block for the woodcut. The print is a combination of that block and another, a composition of woman and fruit. The elements refer to the original sin - Eve picking the apple from the tree of knowledge - but with Gauguin these carry a broader association with fertility. Gauguin played a major role in the revival of the art of the woodcut. The print was once owned by a friend of Gauguin, Georges Daniel de Monfreid. All impressions from this block are on thin 'japon' paper and were made by Gauguin himself.
AGNSW Handbook, 1994
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Five years on: a selection of acquisitions 1981-1986, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 Sep 1986–23 Nov 1986
Fin de Siècle: posters prints drawings from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Jan 1994–13 Mar 1994
Forest and field: from Claude to the Barbizon School, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 14 Jul 1995–17 Sep 1995
Paths to abstraction 1867-1917, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 Jun 2010–19 Sep 2010
Referenced in 5 publications
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Five years on: a selection of acquisitions 1981-1986, Sydney, 1986. cat.no. 195
Renée Free, Fin de Siècle, Sydney, Jan 1994. no catalogue numbers
Renée Free, Forest and field: from Claude to the Barbizon School, Sydney, 1995, 8. no catalogue numbers
Renée Free, AGNSW Collections, 'The Western Heritage, Renaissance to Twentieth Century', pg. 108-172, Sydney, 1994, 140 (colour illus.).
Terence Maloon, Paths to abstraction 1867-1917, Sydney, 2010, 149 (illus.).